Cirque Éloize Comes to Center for the Arts

Posted: April 27, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

It’s a unique kind of performance, including clowns, jugglers, levitation, contortionists, trapeze work, aerial hoops, and a unicycle. Cirque Éloize invites audiences to journey with a small troupe of nomadic European circus performers wandering through dreams and memories as they set up their camp at dusk and begin their trip again at dawn. Cirque Éloize appears Saturday, May 1, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 2, at 2 p.m. at George Mason’s Center for the Arts. Pre-performance discussions are held 45 minutes prior to each curtain on the hall’s Grand Tier.

Seven performers from the Magdalen Islands, all graduates of Montreal’s National Circus School, founded the company in 1993. With the goal of viewing circus arts through fresh eyes and designing shows for all audiences without language or other barriers, Cirque Éloize has produced four separate performances to showcase the company’s talents: Excentricus, Cirque Orchestra, Nomade and Rain. The company takes its name from the flashes of heat lightning seen on the horizon in the Magdalen Islands—the group’s founders liken the lightning to the heat and energy feeding the troupe’s enthusiasm. In the Italian style, and to create the bond between performers and audience, the company entertains on stages rather than under the big top.

The 18 members of Cirque Éloize hail from around the globe. They include Polish gymnasts and acrobats, a Swiss juggler, a trapeze artist, an expert in juggling and hand-to-hand acrobatics from France, an acrobat and juggler from Guinea, and musicians from Montreal and beyond.

Tickets are $36, $28, and $18. Tickets for children 12 and under are half price. Charge by phone at 703-218-6500 or visit

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